If They Were Gone…

So…have you heard of the 3-50 Project? It’s basically a campaign to encourage people to support local businesses during this rough & yucky economic time. The question it poses is “what 3 local businesses would you miss if they disappeared?”.

The challenge it poses is to support them.


I like it.

Hearing about it got me thinking about three of my favorite local businesses — all of which happen to be handily located in the same little mall!

Scrapbooks Too — I LOVE this scrapbooking store. It’s small, but well stocked and the service is both personable and impeccable. I can tell from the moment I walk through the doors that they truly value each and every one of their customers. The store’s owner, Sue, is regularly there to greet and help customers. They offer lots of fun deals as well as weekly “crop” nights in the store. Their tables are also always open for anyone who would like to come in to the store to do a little work.

I’d miss them if they were gone.

Quail Ridge — This is an adorable little gift store/boutique full of knick knacks, jewelry, books, candles, clothing, and a wide range of other gifty items. I visited the store yesterday and purchased a lovely little birthday gift for my grandma. When I opened the bag at home, I found a little printed note thanking me for giving them my business even in this tough economic time, and reminding me that they would love to hear feedback from their customers on how they can improve.

I like this, and thus…I’d miss them if they were gone
Frankie’s Pizza — This place is part of our history. While M and I were dating, our dates would often consist of me swinging by Frankie’s and ordering a thin crust pepperoni and pineapple pizza (and perusing Scrapbooks Too while I was waiting for it to bake) and taking it over to M’s place where we would eat it while watching American Idol or Survivor or some other worthless wonderful show worth watching. Seriously — this pizza is gooooood. So good, in fact, that we’ve semi-boycotted the fancy new pizza place that recently opened up the street, out of fear that they would put Frankie’s out of business. The extra good news? We ended up getting married and buying a house in the area — and Frankie’s delivers. Woo-hoo!

I’d REALLY miss them if they were gone.

Now it’s your turn —  I challenge all of you to blog your 3.



3 responses to “If They Were Gone…

  1. Did you see the thank you note by the cash register at Quail Ridge that was written by Tippi Hedren (from the movie The Birds and mother of Melanie Griffith). She loves that store and stopped by there twice last summer while visiting a friend in Edina. So, besides being a cute little store, you might see a famous old has been movie star! Although, I don’t think I would recognize Tippi Hedren if I bumped into her! Anyway, I like this idea. Great idea.

  2. Your three are my three :o)

  3. This is a fabulous idea! This year when we get presents for folks (birthdays, babies, etc.) we are trying to get them from our local outdoor market (tons and tons and tons of local vendors). Also, we’ve enjoyed shopping on Etsy too, narrowing down our searches by location.

    Thanks for the compliments on my blog. Yours is so refreshing too! What lovely children you have.

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